The ongoing Discovery 4, or the LR4, has been around since 2010 but its basic design hasn’t change since 2004. The car is using an ancient platform which is heavy and not as rigid as it should be. Because of that, they will release an entirely new version of it with the Land Rover LR4 2017. This upcoming model has been rumored for some time and recently more and more spy shots have started to be released. It seems that the car will be showcased in France, in October, and it should be released on the US market shortly after that.
Chassis and running gear
While the current model is using an old ladder frame chassis design, the upcoming LR4 will be based on Land Rover’s aluminum PLA platform. This has been used with great success on the current Range Rover and its Sport version. Also, it is worth mentioning that unlike the previous model, the new LR4 will be aimed directly at the X5 and Mercedes GLE. This means that it will definitely be quite a bit more impressive to drive than before. Thanks to its new platform many rumors suggested that the car would lose in excess of 1,000 pounds. This would not be impossible as it currently weighs well over 5,500 pounds.
2017 Land Rover LR4 Design
One of the most sensitive parts of the upcoming 2017 Land Rover LR4 is definitely going to be the design. The current model is a rather boxy-looking SUV which is not all that appealing. From the spy shots we have seen so far it seems that the new Discovery is pretty much a larger Discovery Sport and that’s great. It seems that in the front the car features a new design, similar to what the Evoque introduced a while ago. On top of that, the car is definitely wider and slightly lower than the current model. On top of that, it features a rather aggressively proportioned back with a small roof spoiler. The sides also seem to take quite a bit from the design of the Discovery Sport as well.
Land Rover LR4 2017 Interior
Unfortunately not much can be said about the cabin of the future LR4. However, unlike some of its competitors, it should offer five or seven seats models. This will be one of its largest selling points. Besides that, we do expect the interior to share some design traits with its smaller sibling, the Discovery Sport. The materials will likely be on par with the competition while the equipment level should be superior, like it has been the case for its more expensive siblings.
Engine and transmission
Even though Land Rover hasn’t said anything official, we do know that the Land Rover LR4 2017 will feature both petrol and diesel engines, at least in Europe. In the UK some camouflaged models featured either 2-liter turbocharged petrol engines or 3 liter V6 diesel. These were likely the new Ingenium-family petrol engines which have been seen on certain Jaguar cars as well. The diesel is most likely an old Ford unit. The US market LR4, on the other hand, might not get a diesel or even a 2-liter petrol engine. Instead, it seems that Jaguar and Land Rover might be developing a new 3 liter inline 6 Ingenium petrol engine. 2017 Land Rover LR4 would be the first to receive this all new powertrain. Not much is known about this engine but it seems that with the help of turbocharging, it should be able to provide between 270 and 500 horsepower and likely well over that in torque. This should be a great replacement for the old Ford-based 3 liter V6 which is not exactly the smoothest engine out there. In terms of transmission, a ZF-based eight-speed automatic is the most likely contender.